Radical Challenges for Social Work Education
This book is full of ideas about how social work education can confront the individualising and often blaming form of social work that neoliberalism ushered in four decades ago. Radical social work is an approach to social work that has, at its heart, the departure from solely behavioural, moral or psychological understanding of service users’ problems. Social work had originally been concerned with the moral character of people in trouble (usually poor people), making a clear division between those who were ‘deserving’ of help and those who were ‘undeserving’. The rise of science and the ‘psy’ disciplines then led to psychological explanations for the difficulties people found themselves in.
Both explanations for social problems – moral and psychological – with their narrow focus on the individual have been enjoying a renaissance in recent times with the neoliberal self-sufficiency narrative (moral) and the more recent focus on trauma (psychological). Radical social work challenges those explanations, concerned as it is with the circumstances a person might find themselves in – poverty, poor housing, poor education, high crime rates, and lack of opportunities of all kinds. This book is a step towards resurrecting radical social work principles, and it urges us to think about how social work education can be reshaped to that end.
Radical Challenges for Social Work Education is a significant new contribution to social work practice and theory, and will be a great resource for academics, researchers, and advanced students of Politics, Education, Social Work, Sociology, Public Policy, Development Studies, Anthropology, and Human Geography.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Social Work Education.
2. Trapped in discourse? Obstacles to meaningful social work education, research, and practice within the neoliberal university
3. Theoretical frameworks in social work education: a scoping review
Dianne Cox, Helen Cleak, Alex Bhathal and Lisa Brophy
4. Resisting neoliberalism in social work education: learning, teaching, and performing human rights and social justice in England and Spain
María Inés Martínez Herrero and Helen Charnley
5. Promoting youth-directed social change: engaging transformational critical practice
Fran Gale and Michel Edenborough
6. Educating for critical social work practice in mental health
Christine Morley and Kate Stenhouse
7. Strengthened by challenges: the path of the social work education in Ethiopia
Ashenafi Hagos Baynesagn, Tasse Abye, Emebet Mulugeta and Zena Berhanu
8. Using creative modalities to resist discourses of individualization and blame in social work education
Patrick O’Keeffe and Elinor Assoulin
9. Resident participation as learning and action – a participatory action learning project in social work education
Håvard Aaslund and Katrine Mauseth Woll
10. Transforming social work’s potential in the field: a radical framework
Sarah Ross Bussey, Alexis Jemal and Sherika Caliste